October 13, 2009 |
Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee, who starred in the original 2006 Broadway production of "Mary Poppins," will reprise their roles in the touring version that opens at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A. next month. Brown will play Poppins, the flying nanny, and Gavin will portray Bert, the chimney sweep -- a role he also played in London. Meanwhile, in other stage casting news, Christopher Lloyd and John Larroquette have been set to star in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
October 29, 1996 |
It's tough enough to get a TV show you created on the air. But then to be forced to watch two of your series go mano a mano in the cutthroat lions' den of Nielsen numbers is a predicament worthy of Job. Except that the pay is a lot better. "It's a really difficult, bizarre phenomenon," said Don Reo, who, beginning Wednesday, will watch two of his offspring--NBC's "The John Larroquette Show" and CBS' "Pearl"--square off against each other every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
January 8, 1996 |
This is how devoted the makers of "The John Larroquette Show" are to being quirkily literary and sneakily true to their rather black comic vision: When NBC requested that this sitcom about an alcoholic struggling with sobriety dispense with any talk about alcoholism as a condition for renewal, they acquiesced. But they also hired an elephant. So far this season, without any explanation, the huge mammal has popped up in the background of the majority of the show's episodes.
October 18, 1993 |
Howard Rosenberg's glowing review of "The John Larroquette Show" (" 'John Larroquette Show' on Right Track to Laughs," Calendar, Sept. 2), where he found it ". . . has the potential to be prime time's next great comedy series . . ." and ". . . is probably closest to the late, great 'Taxi' in the way it integrates interestingly written characters into soulful comedy . . . ," was a bit premature. Why? Well, the episode on Sept.
September 9, 1993 |
Four-time Emmy Award winner John Larroquette got off to a dynamite start with his new NBC comedy series last week, finishing No. 2 among all network prime-time programs. According to figures released Tuesday by the A.C. Nielsen Co., "The John Larroquette Show," in which he plays the night manager at a bus station, was seen in about 13.5 million homes, second only to ABC's "Home Improvement."
September 2, 1993 |
"The John Larroquette Show" has the potential to be prime time's next great comedy series, one whose bluesy humor springs like a gusher from the pathos of contemporary urban life. It arrives at 9:30 tonight on NBC (Channels 4, 36 and 39), before moving to its regular 9 p.m. Tuesday slot. As a newly recovering alcoholic trying to repair himself as night manager at a wreck of a bus depot in a dismal section of St.